Bike Nome (9 Days)

Journey to Nome for a unique adventure in Western Alaska!

Famous as the finish for the Iditarod seld dog race, this area of Alaska is pristine, scenic, and perfect for a bicycle adventure. We bike with vehicle support through the tundra to a remote hot spring and venture to the end of the road in three directions.

 

Cost: $3950 pp  (Single supplement $800) 

Duration: 9 days

Distance: 30 - 55 miles/day    Rating: Moderate - Strenuous

Restrictions: 8 people per departure, minimum age is 14
 


Bike in a remote region of Alaska which is only accessible to visitors by air.  Experience the beauty of the tundra as the red and yellow hues of autumn spread across the land.

Known for the Iditarod sled dog race, Nome is a jewel waiting to be discoverd by cyclists and adventurers.  After a short hour and a half flight by jet from Anchorage, you're deposited in a historic and vibrant region. Be one of the few fortunate enough to see this magnificient country on a bicycle! You cycle along clear rivers teaming with salmon. You may have to stop to let a Musk Ox cross the road in front of you!

You arrive in Anchorage, Alaska for your flight to Nome where you check into your hotel then explore town by bike. The following day you gear up your bike and head east for two days to Pilgrim Hot Springs. You return by van to town and are ready to get back on your bike to head south along the beach to the Salomon B&B. The next day's destination is Council and the end of the southern route. You return to the B&B for the night.

You return by bike or drive back to Nome for a night in town. You can opt for the Nome bar crawl or relax with a good book in your comfortable room. The town has an interesting mix of gold miners and natives from outlying villages.

West is Russia, and requires a boat or a cold swim. The Northern route takes you to Teller, a small village located at the end of the road on a large lagoon. You spend two days cycling this scenic and quiet road with expansive views out to the Bering Sea with historic gold rush artifacts scattered about. You return by van to Nome for your last night in town. In the morning you can sightsee, gold pan or perhaps fish for silver salmon before your return flight to Anchorage. 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy an intimate touring environment in a remote region.
  • A perfect mix of remote biking through the tundra and nights in hotels and B&B's.
  • Spectacular scenery that includes the coastal beaches of the Bering Sea and interior rivers and lakes.
  • A combination of history and scenic splendor as you explore the region made famous by its gold laden beaches and sled dogs.

Notes: Price includes hybrid touring bike, helmet, lodging and meals from day 1 dinner through day 9 breakfast. Guests must be confident riding a bicycle with hand brakes. Helmets are required. For more information about travel to Alaska and recommended gear see our trip preparation link. 

 
The following daily itinerary is an outline of our activities. The schedule may vary due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Please contact us with any questions.
Day 1 - You arrive in Anchorage Alaska then connect to your flight to Nome. Upon arrival you check into the hotel, have a bike fitting and go for a ride around town. The rustic frontier charm of Nome will surprise you!
 

Day 2 - Your first destination is Pilgrim Hot Springs to the east. You set out in the morning on your bike following a river filled with spawning salmon, surrounded by tundra and mountains. You bike to Salmon Lake, distance 30 miles.

Day 3 - You ride from the lake to the Pilgrim River. We visit the historic hot springs, once the site of a church orphanage and an oasis in the tundra. After an optional soak in the very hot mineral water you'll be ready to relax for the evening, distance 35 miles.

Day 4 - In the morning you return by van to town. After lunch you are back on your bike heading south along the coast to the Salomon B & B.  You can make stops along the way for a beach walk or a beer at the Safety Road House, the last checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail, distance 33 Miles.  

Day 5 - This days ride takes you to Council and the forested end of the Southern route, distance 40 miles. You return by van to the B&B for the night.

Day 6 - You can bike back to town or return by van in the late morning to your hotel in Nome. You may have time to visit the museum, go for a walk or shop before dinner.

Day 7 - Your next journey by bike takes you north towards the village of Teller on a sand spit at the mouth of a large lagoon. You bike half way before returning by van to town, distance 40 miles.

Day 8 - The ride continues to Teller passing historic gold dredges long ago inoperable and parked until the tundra swallows them, distance 30 miles. You spend time checking out the village, the drying racks of salmon and barking sled dogs. The van takes you back to Nome and your final night in town.
Day 9 - Your last day in Nome is spent as you please, sightseeing, shopping, gold panning or fishing. You catch the afternoon flight back to Anchorage where you can spend the night or connect to a flight home. You may also choose to continue your Alaska adventure.
 

 

2018 Dates: 

August 8 - August 16 (WomanTours), August 18 - August 26 

Cost: $3950 pp (Single supplement $800)

2019 Dates: 

August 9 - August 17

Cost: $3950 pp (Single supplement $800)

 

This is a sample of the type of lodging we might use on the tour. For more information about our camping environment see the our camping experience link. 


 

The Aurora Inn & Suites is Nome's finest accommodations; located on Front St in the heart of town. 
   
   

 

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